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DT Markus Kuhn Impressing New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin

August 8th, 2012 at 9:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Things did not get off to a relatively good start for New York Giants seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn. The defensive tackle struggled with work visa issues that prevented him from taking part in rookie mini-camp or full-team mini-camp in early June, which put him behind the eight ball when it was time to report to training camp in Albany. However, with said visa issues cleared up, it hasn't taken Kuhn very long to make quite the impression on head coach Tom Coughlin.

"Flashes. He’s a nice sturdy, young man. He’s starving to learn. Very, very good attitude. The kind of guy that we think can be like a sponge," Coughlin said. "He needs so much information, pretty solid inside. Doesn’t really know a whole lot about pass protection. We have a lot of room to coach him there."

Kuhn has learned rapidly, been very physical in practice and been getting progressively better each day. In fact, on Saturday, Kuhn stole the show with several stellar defensive plays, including a pressure (potential would-be sack) of David Carr that came after beating a double-team. He's also been one of the teams few defenders that's been able to wrap up speedy running back David Wilson.

On Friday, Kuhn will have the chance to showcase his talents during an actual game, as Big Blue takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I think all of us are excited," Kuhn said on Tuesday. "Practice and everything is fine, but when we have a game coming up, it's always a lot more exciting."

Could Kuhn be another Jerry Reese draft special? Another steal in the late rounds? While it may be a tad early to say definitively yes, he's certainly on the right path and has the right attitude to see at least some level of success on the NFL.

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63 Responses to “DT Markus Kuhn Impressing New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin”

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  1.  The Original G Man says:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but my expectation is that he gets assigned to the practice squad. These are encouraging reviews to say the least though.

    Here’s Tom Rock on him the other day:

    “I don’t know where he’ll fit in depth-wise, but Markus Kuhn makes at least two flash plays a practice it seems. He’s had a strong camp and is popular with teammates who mimic his German accent when he makes plays.”

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    As the season approaches comments like these from Mathews just remind me how similar this season is to 2008. The main difference though between 2008 and 2012 is there are far less questions with our 2012 team compare to 2008. Losing Strahan and 3 other defensive starters if far different than losing Aaron Ross. While losing MM is a bigger lose than any we suffer on our 2008 offense we also didn’t have this version of Eli. Eli is now a QB that’s as good as any and has shown he can make WRs out of nowhere. On top of that we did have the best overall record in our division for 2011, in 2007 Dallas had finished the regular season 3 games better than us.

    The point is that questions about our 2008 team made a lot more sense than they do for the 2012 squad. While our team isn’t perfect it has as many or fewer questions than any other team.

    Pitt, NE and GB are starting young LTs and have change within the interior of their OLs. Philly and Dallas have new LTs. Washington and Dallas have depth and injury concerns. Bmore’s OL is in flux as well. SF returns all but one starter but their OL was horrible at pass blocking last year, they were 26th in sacks allowed and they didn’t throw much. Chicago, might have been the worse pass blocking OL last year. Detriot is relying on a 35 year old or a rookie at LT. Houston lost 2 starters. Atlanta has questions at LT. New Orleans is really the only preseason upper tier team without real OL concerns.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    You know due to Canty’s injury there is a chance Kahn makes this team if we place Canty on the regular season PUP. The key for Kahn is Austin showing enough that coaches trust him as a 3rd DT from regular season game one. If they do then we can keep Rodgers (or Benard) as the starting DT and Kahn could be the 4th DT. He really could have value over a vet like Benard at 4th DT because he can contribute on special teams.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    First: great picture of Kuhn – slightly crazed looking – Dan, don’t ever change it
    Second: a sudden glut of DT’s — Canty, LJ, Austin, Rodgers, Rocky and Kuhn
    Third: do we usually carry 3 or 4 DT’s on the active 53?

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    I suspect I’m not alone in being totally geeked about each of our top 3 picks. My sense of things is that JR hit the mother lode.

  6.  F0XLIN says:

    Geeked up crazy, Hosley is going to be a beast

    •  JimStoll says:

      it will be really interesting to see who gets what playing time
      I’m guessing Randal may get the least, at least if Hixon is healthy and/or Jernigan or Barden show anything
      have to respect Dr. Gilbride’s course syllabus and the impact it could have on Randal’s readiness to play
      Holsey will likely only see time in the dime, assuming we aren’t decimated with injuries
      Wilson’s play time will undoubtedly hinge in part on ability to pass protect, but it seems he is the one guy with a real shot at playing time
      I’m psyched to see him run this Friday against the Jax scrubs

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think Hosley has a chance to play a lot it depends on how he performs. Tryon and Coe aren’t going to get playing time ahead of Hosley if Hosley is out playing them. ALthough, Hosley didn’t play much slot CB in college his talents seem to be taylor made for that position.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    TOGM – You’re right! Foxlin Hosley’s 2012 role right now might be undervalued. It seems that he has a chance from the practice reps he’s getting to be our game one starter at nickel CB. Given how much teams play 3 WR sets it’s possible that Hosley and not Wilson or Randle is our most imortant rookie.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    Whats up fellas? So Pumped that the season is a less than a month away! I think i’m going to the game Friday night in JVille. Couple of things..
    First- F*ck Clay Mathews!! Giants beat there **** despite the refs handing them 14 pts. He needs to let it go and worry more about how to get his defense better than 32 in the NFL
    Second, after hearing about the coaching trees of Walsh, Parcells and Holmgren the last 20 years, the day has finally come where we are hearing about the coaching tree of the great one Kevin Gillbride!
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/07/titans-bucs-installing-run-n-shoot-concepts-on-offense/
    One of those benefits appears to be the use of more Run ‘N Shoot concepts into the playbook. Palmer was an assistant with the Oilers from 1990-1992 when Houston ran the offense under coordinator Kevin Gilbride and the team’s website confirms that aspects of the offense will be in evidence in Tennessee this season.
    Palmer’s not the only Gilbride disciple bringing the offense back into the league. Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has talked about Tampa using the concepts, which isn’t much of a surprise since offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan had previously been working under Gilbride as the Giants’ quarterbacks coach. With passing taking on a more expansive role in the league’s offenses, it was inevitable that teams would look for things from an offense that put up huge aerial numbers 20 years ago.
    Finally lets stop whining about the OLine already.. We had to spent last season listening to Kujo menstruate daily about how “horrible” the OLine was yet we won a Lombardi trophy behind them.. The Line will be fine, it will never be what it was from mid 07 through 08 but it will be good enough. We have the best OLine coach in the League and Bennett will be a big plus in the running game as will David Wilson. Last year slow **** Jacobs and hop-along Bradshaw with his broken feet were as much a problem as the OLine was.

    •  JimStoll says:

      u stay away for months and your first post back is entitled “Ode to Kevin Gilbride”?

      how dare you, sir!
      how dare you!!

      •  norm says:

        The G101 season won’t officially be underway until Jim and demo have their first knock-down-drag-out bare knuckle brawl.

        •  kujo says:

          It’s funny, because they both have the intelligence of the sort of knuckle-dragging primates who fling their poo in a manner akin to the way Demo hurls homophobic epithets.

          •  demo3356 says:

            says the **** who locked himself in a Meatkocker and who has been wrong about EVERYTHING football related for the last 4 years, causing me to name him Kujo Costanza:-)

            •  kujo says:

              Like I said–homophobic poo. Latest example: “meatkocker.”

              Just come out with it, Demo. We’re all a bunch of Chic-Fil-A boycotting friends here. This is a safe place…

        •  demo3356 says:

          Norm- those panzies throwing punches at Jets camp got nothing on what Stoll and I will do before opening day..Book it..

      •  demo3356 says:

        Jim, been super busy coaching 3 baseball teams but still read everyday. Just couldn’t pass it up when I saw the article on PFT talking about Gilbrides growing influence in the NFL… I’ve been saying for years that he is better than people here give him credit for..

  9.  F0XLIN says:

    Yea, our offensive rookies usually aren’t sprinting out of the gates, due to pass protection and Gilbrides scheme.

    I know I’ve said it a few times, but I watched a lot of VT ball due to my brother in-law, he is an ideal nickel corner who showed shut down ability at Tech. Really hoping he can take the Nickel position by storm and allow Rolle to stay at safety.

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